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Dr Karen Lamb (PhDArts 1998) has released the first autobiography of award-winning Australian novelist Thea Astley. The book, Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather, started to form when Karen was a PhD student at Monash. The writing of the actual book came more than 15 years later, and after Astley’s death in 2004.
In Not Just a Piece of cake; Being an Author, Hazel Edwards OAM (BA 1971, BEd 1974, MEd 1980) uses ‘anecdultery’ to explain why writing, long term, is mentally risky but vital culturally and contributes to a non-boring life. The hippocampus is where memories are kept, even those of Antarctica, where Hazel was an expeditioner. She shares her author quest and the quandary of how much to reveal.
Dr Jennifer Geary (MSocWk 2000) has released Older Prisoners. A Human Rights Perspective which examines the psychological and surrounding circumstances that contribute towards older prisoners' treatment by others, and their human rights as understood by correctional professionals.
Dr Vesna Grubacevic (BEc 1988) book, Stop Sabotaging Your Confidence, is a self-empowerment course that assists you to transform self-sabotage into lasting confidence and success. Written for the layperson, this book is filled with easy to apply techniques and exercises to help you to succeed, both personally and professionally. In a wonderful coup, Vesna’s book was included in the gift bags given to the 2015 Golden Globe nominees.
Dr Catherine Crock AM (MBBS 1981) is not only a doctor at the Royal Children’s Hospital, she also founded both the Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care and the Hush Music Foundation. The Hush Music Foundation is now famous for its award winning, original music albums, composed by some of Australia's foremost composers. The music promotes an atmosphere of calm for children, families and staff in hospitals while coping with treatment. The Hush Treasure Book is the next phase of the project. The book contains a collection of short stories, poems and artwork from 30 popular children’s storytellers. This year Catherine was recognised for her work with a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The award recognised her ‘significant service to medicine, particularly to improved patient and family care and community health standards, and to the Arts’. www.hush.org.au
Since Margie Warrell (BBus(Mktg) 1989) graduated from Monash in 1989 she’s forged a unique and successful career. Today she is a bestselling author, media commentator, Forbes columnist and leadership coach who works with a host of leading organisations globally including NASA, British Telecom, EY to the Australian Federal Police. Recently relocated back to Australia, her latest book Brave is a handbook to help busy people live and lead with greater purpose, resilience and courage. www.margiewarrell.com/books
Have you ever met an author who can promote their own book? Phil Taffs (BA(Hons) 1986) who has had a 25-year career in advertising, including more than 10 years as the director of his own agency, has released his first novel The Evil Inside to much acclaim. Described as a ‘gothic chiller’ and ‘American Psycho meets The Shining’, the book tells the story of Guy and Mia Russell who together with their son Callum, move from Melbourne to New York to rebuild their lives after a family tragedy. The book follows both Mia and Guy’s struggles to come to terms with the events of their past with Guy convinced that evil forces are taking over his family as revenge for his sins. Published by Quercus – who published The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series – The Evil Inside has already sold thousands of copies in Europe with plans for a US release. www.philtaffs.com.au
Garry Fabian’s (MA 1993) autobiography A Look Back Over My Shoulder details his life since his family fled Germany to Prague hoping to escape Nazi persecution in 1936. In 1942, when Garry was eight, the family was interned in Theresienstadt, a model ‘settlement’ which was used as a showpiece by the Nazi propaganda machine. His book bears witness to the real story of what happened there including disease, starvation and his family’s liberation in 1945. Garry wrote this book at the age of 68 at the insistence of his two daughters who urged their father to record his experiences. It was published by the Makor Jewish Community Library in 2002 as part of the ‘write your story’ project.
So it's Cancer: Now What? is Dr Ranjana Srivastava's (MBBS (Hons) 1997) practical, comprehensive guide to what to do when cancer enters your life. The words ‘you have cancer’ can set in motion a chain of events that leave patients feeling out of control of their body and circumstance. In this book, the medical oncologist, general physician, educator and award-winning author demystifies cancer and how it is treated, surgery options, and pain management. Her aim is to help cancer patients make informed decisions.
True crime author Liz Porter (BA (Hons) 1973) began her career in Hong Kong and then worked in Sydney, London and Stuttgart before returning to her home town of Melbourne where she is now working as a freelance journalist. Liz has won awards for her writing on legal issues and has published a novel, Unnatural Order, soon to be republished as an e-book. Her first forensic science book Written on the Skin was joint winner of the 2007 Ned Kelly Prize for best true crime book, while her second, Cold Case Files: Past crimes Solved by New Forensic Science won the 2012 Sisters In Crime Davitt Award for best true crime book. She also has a chapter in If I Tell You … I’ll Have To Kill You (Australia’s leading crime writers reveal their secrets) – an anthology edited by bestselling crime author Michael Robotham. www.lizporter.net
Majoring in Japanese language and culture at Monash, Australian-born British novelist and writer Renae Lucas-Hall (BA (Japanese Studies) 1992) has worked in Australia, the UK and Japan for more than 20 years. She moved to the UK in 2004 and published her first book Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story with Grosvenor House Publishing in 2012. Renae’s second book Tokyo Tales: A Collection of Japanese Short Stories was published in 2014 and includes illustrations by the renowned Japanese illustrator Yoshimi Ohtani. Renae says her studies at Monash have proven to be invaluable and have been the backbone for her writing. www.renaelucashall.com